Monday, January 25, 2021

What I’m Watching: Euphoria (Special Episode)

Euphoria: Season 1, Episode 10 “F*ck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob” (B+)

The first special episode of this show was really terrific, and I also just watched “Malcolm and Marie,” a fantastic film from series creator Sam Levinson that stars Zendaya. Hunter Schafer was my AFT Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and so it’s fantastic to get to see her almost exclusively anchor an episode. After Rue’s holiday hour opposite Ali, framing this one with Jules talking to a therapist was a strong way to approach it and to allow her to really communicate what it is that she feels. It’s fascinating to me how this show has introduced and addressed her transition, and how she views her connection both with men and with women. It’s also abundantly clear that she feels just as close to Jules as Jules does to her, and that final moment when Jules stopped by to wish her a merry Christmas was indicative of more positive things for them in the future. Hearing about her relationships and how she thinks she got to know Tyler better than she ever knew Rue was intriguing and heartbreaking, and the way she described the sexting with him as the best sex she ever had until he turned out to be such a horrible, manipulative fabrication was very intense. Coming home to find her mother there and eager to apologize after so many years of being absent was not what she was expecting, and that formative relationship, or absence of it, explains a lot about how she sees the world and how other people perceive her. I’m eager for this show’s official season two return.

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